Super Formula regular James Rossiter will step in for Pierre Kaffer at ByKOLLES Racing for the first two rounds of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps.
The 32-year-old has enjoyed sporadic outings in LMP2 driving for Lotus in both the LMP1 and LMP2 classes since 2012 and having spent the past two full seasons in Super Formula with Kondo Racing he will once again make a return to WEC for ByKolles Racing as a replacement for Kaffer who is unavailable due to other racing commitments.
“We had to look for an adequate replacement for the first two races - and we found it in James Rossiter,” Boris Bermes, ByKOLLES racing director, said. “We know James very well from the past; he was racing in past for us in the LMP 1 and LMP2 classes. James is technically competent and a very fast driver.
“Together with Simon Trummer and Oliver Webb he will make a strong driver line-up, and they will be able to fight for good results despite the strong competition in the WEC. Pierre Kaffer will be back at the wheel for the 24 h race in Le Mans.”
Rossiter, whose best result in WEC came with the team under its former guise of Lotus at Spa in 2013 when they finished sixth in the LMP2 class, is relishing the opportunity to jump back into an LMP1 car and is keen to help the team in its build up to Le Mans.
“I can't wait to drive the LMP1 car. I have raced in Le Mans prototypes many times. It's fantastic to contest in the WEC again,” Rossiter said. “The season opener will take place at Silverstone. It is my home race and therefore a very special event for me.
“I am looking forward to supporting the ByKOLLES Racing Team in the further development of the car. We aim for the best possible results at Silverstone and Spa; at the same time we want to prepare the car for the important race in Le Mans.”